Andrew Brown (writer)

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Andrew Brown
Born 1955
London, England
Occupation Writer, journalist, editor
Language English
Nationality British
Citizenship United Kingdom
Notable works Fishing in Utopia
Notable awards Orwell Prize

Andrew Brown (born 1955 in London) is a British journalist, writer, and editor.[1] He was one of the founding staff members of the Independent, where he worked as religious correspondent, parliamentary sketch writer, and a feature writer. [2] He has written extensively on technology for Prospect and the New Statesman and been a feature writer on the Guardian.[3] He has worked as the editor for the Belief section of the Guardian's Comment is Free and is currently a leader writer and member of the paper's editorial board. He is also the press columnist of the Church Times.[4] In The Beginning was the Worm (2004) was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize. Fishing in Utopia (2008) won the Orwell Prize and was nominated for the Dolman Best Travel Book Award in 2009.



Andrew Brown fears Wikipedia has outcompeted rival encyclopedias and problems that lead to criticism of Wikipedia will continue. Brown fears "charlatans and liars" have most to gain from editing Wikipedia and potential idealistic contributors are discouraged due to difficulties editing the site especially through smartphones.[5]

New Atheism[edit]

Brown has been a fierce critic of the New Atheists. He has attacked Sam Harris for his advocacy of torture,[6] and Richard Dawkins for the cult of personality that has grown around him.[7] He is sceptical of the concept of memes.[8][9]


Brown has described himself as someone for whom "Christianity is only true backwards."[10] He has written that he is "constantly astonished by the way in which the Church of England contains such a large number of clever, learned and dedicated people giving their lives to an institution that is none of those things." [11]


  • Watching the Detectives (1989)[12]
  • The Darwin Wars (2000)[13]
  • In The Beginning was the Worm (2004)[14][15]
  • Fishing in Utopia (2008)[16][17][18]
  • That Was The Church That Was (with Professor Linda Woodhead) (publication due 2016)[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Sweden's magic, its women - and its fish". The Spectator. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
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  4. ^ Rausing, Sigrid (June 29, 2009). "The death of a dream". New Statesman. 
  5. ^ Wikipedia editors are a dying breed. The reason? Mobile
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  12. ^ "A Policeman's Lot". Evening Times. Feb 12, 1988. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Rediscovering the gene genius". Sunday Herald. Apr 4, 1999. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "In the Beginning Was the Worm by Andrew Brown". New Scientist. 22 February 2003. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Edgar, Lois (2006). "In the Beginning Was the Worm: Finding the Secrets of Life in a Tiny Hermaphrodite (Book-Review)". The Quarterly Review of Biology 81: 49–50. doi:10.1086/503924. 
  16. ^ "Fishing in Utopia by Andrew Brown". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Fishing in Utopia, By Andrew Brown - Reviews, Books". The Independent. Jul 27, 2008. 
  18. ^ Oscarson, Christopher (Spring 2010). "Andrew Brown. Fishing in Utopia: Sweden and the Future that Disappeared.(Book review)". Scandinavian Studies 82 (1): 99. 
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  20. ^ "Journalist receives first European Religion award". Christian Science Monitor. October 2, 1995. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Record entries for science prize". BBC. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Debut book wins Dolman Travel Book award". Telegraph. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "Orwell Prize 2009". Granta. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  24. ^ "Sverigeskildring fick Orwellpris". Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 27 April 2013.